The main focus of this project is raptor conservation in the southern Kalahari through the assessment of the effects of land use practices in defining heterogeneity across an arid landscape and the importance of this for avian raptors, including niche partitioning of raptors in Tswalu Kalahari. The project aims to assess the breeding biology and post-fledgling period of the secretary bird - a terrestrial foraging raptor. This study will address a number of questions relating to the biology of this large raptor species; in particular breeding biology, post-fledgling inter-and intra-specific competition, and food selection. The project is undertaken by Dr. Craig Symes from the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand.
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